SI.com hockey scribes debate the NHL's best player, biggest bargain, worst team and more.
• With 500 goals under his belt and the Capitals in first place in the Eastern Conference, is it time to recognize Alexander Ovechkin as the best player in the game?
SP: Seguin and Jamie Benn are, individually, worth more to the Stars than their collective cap hit ($11 million). But I know I’ll win Al over by pointing out that Roman Josi of the Predators makes just $4 million dollars this season on a contract that runs through 2020.
AM: I don't know how their GM David Poile sleeps at night, taking advantage of poor Josi like that. They need to start passing the boot around Bridgestone after every home game to try to make it up to that kid.
SP: I’ll take the opportunity to brag that I resisted the Jack Eichel hype and picked Buffalo to finish dead last in the East in SI magazine (subscribe now!) before the season. So I guess I have to stick with the Sabres.